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North Charleston sells land after police shooting settlement
By Sentinel News Service
Published July 28, 2016

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) North Charleston is selling some city land to help offset the cost of a $6.5 million settlement with the family of an unarmed black man shot and killed by a white city police officer.

Mayor Keith Summey tells The Post and Courier of Charleston (http://bit.ly/2ajyTyW ) that the city used $5 million from its general fund to help pay for the settlement reached last year with the family of 50-year-old Walter Scott.

The city plans to auction about 28 acres of city-owned land next month to help replenish its general fund.

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Scott was shot in April of 2015 while running from a traffic stop in an incident captured on cellphone video. The former officer, Michael Slager, goes on trial in state court on a murder charge in October.

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